A Hot Chocolate at Eve Cafe, Ottawa, Canada

It took three years and $360 million dollars, but the Rideau Centre, the shopping mall right smack in the centre of Ottawa, has been completely transformed from a sad and dreary place to a serious shopping destination. One of the new additions is Quebec department store Simmons. Go inside, walk to the left, take the elevator up to the top floor and you will find Eve. It isn’t obvious that there is a coffee shop here, probably the reason that it isn’t very busy. But if visitors knew it existed (as you now will know because I’m telling you), it [...]

2017-02-14T03:21:22+00:00February 14th, 2017|Canada, NORTH AMERICA, Ottawa|

A Hot Chocolate at The Scone Witch, Ottawa, Canada

  A properly baked scone is a beautiful thing. Its slightly crusty outside protects a pillowy and light inside. The improve it further, slather it with strawberry or raspberry jam and a generous dollop of clotted cream. Then, pair it up with a nice pot of tea… I have been lucky enough to have some near perfect tea and scone moments in my life so far. Lavenham in the UK is perhaps the ultimate tea and scones destination. But across the pond, far far away, there is another spot where you can get a very nice cuppa, an unlikely spot. [...]

2017-02-06T20:31:16+00:00February 6th, 2017|Canada, NORTH AMERICA, Ottawa|

A Hot Chocolate at Red Door Provisions, Ottawa, Canada

You could easily drive past Red Door Provisions and not notice it, which would be a real shame. After years of wondering why Beachwood wasn’t developing into the ‘go to’ street I always thought it had the potential to be, there are now, finally, a few pops of greatness. In fact, this little stretch of Beachwood seems to be where small buisinesses that make it big in Ottawa start out. Bridgehead Coffee has a location here, one of its first locations (although, granted, not its first). Burger giant The Works started here (and sadly the little building where it all [...]

2017-01-31T02:17:06+00:00January 31st, 2017|Canada, NORTH AMERICA, Ottawa|

A Hot Chocolate at Ministry of Coffee, Ottawa, Canada

The thing that happens when you write a blog about hot chocolate, unsurprisingly, is that hot chocolate becomes the present of choice. Birthdays, Christmas, thank you gifts often involve something hot chocolate themed…and generally don’t disappoint! Case in point; a gift card to the Ministry of Coffee from my brother and his wife for Christmas. Now, as you have heard me say many many times before, coffee shops and hot chocolate are often not the best of friends. Where one goes, the other very rarely follows. This creates a lot of friction in my marriage since my husband is a [...]

2017-01-09T16:56:23+00:00January 9th, 2017|Canada, NORTH AMERICA, Ottawa|

Hot Chocolate at Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut, Ottawa, Canada

With a name like Bernard Callebaut, this Canadian chocolatier had no choice but to go into chocolate. It seems like a classic chocolate name to me. His family began making chocolate in Belgium 1911 but he chose to move away and settled in Calgary. There are now 31 Bernard Callebaut franchised chocolate shops across Canada and in the US, including one in the Byward Market in Ottawa. But his story is surprising and a little sad, as Mr. Bernard Callebaut who originally started Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut, doesn’t own the chocolate brand or even work there. A few years back he [...]

2017-01-04T22:41:05+00:00November 16th, 2015|Canada, NORTH AMERICA, Ottawa|

Hot Chocolate at Thyme and Again, Ottawa, Canada

I love those moments where you discover something new in your home city. We were just walking along Wellington street, which is filled with small, independent stores, all very interesting. In reality we had come to try out another hot chocolate, the one at Macaroons and Madeleines, but they informed us that they only serve hot chocolate in the winter. So we decided to take a walk around and I’m glad we did. As we wandered down Wellington street, there was a general smell of cinnamon buns in the air because of all of the bakeries in the area, and [...]

2017-01-04T22:41:14+00:00September 15th, 2015|Canada, Ottawa|

Hot Chocolate at Cacao70, Ottawa, Canada

I’ve said it a few times on this blog, I love the Byward market in Ottawa. There is just something fantastic about this area in all seasons, but perhaps mostly now in the fall when it is filled with giant pumpkins, hanging garlic and wooden crates filled with crisp freshly picked apples. (As you can clearly see I'm posting this review a little late). I’m loving the market even more as it is starting to fill up with good hot chocolate options such as Stubbe, Cylie Artisans and even the ever popular Cupcake Lounge.      The newest addition, Cacao70, is [...]

2017-01-04T22:41:18+00:00December 26th, 2014|Canada, NORTH AMERICA, Ottawa|

Hot Chocolate at Cylie Artisans Chocolatiers, Ottawa, Canada

Christmas is always a busy time of the year but after going 5 days without a hot chocolate I needed to remedy the situation and fast, especially considering the minus 26degree Celsius weather outside. After a bit of a search online I stumbled upon Cylie Chocolates, a new chocolate shop on a rarely visited but increasingly popular spot on Dalhousie Street. They just opened in September and it seems they’ve had a steady stream of visitors since. I tweeted to make sure they would have a hot chocolate over the holidays and as soon as I got the ok we [...]

2017-01-04T22:41:32+00:00December 30th, 2013|Canada, NORTH AMERICA, Ottawa|
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